Unique to the mechanical industry is the large variation of mechanical systems. This is a strength of mechanical design build because there can multiple solutions to the same set of requirements, with certain systems being more cost effective depending on the requirements.
Going forward, there are a number of developments that will benefit the mechanical design-build delivery method. The recent introduction of the BC Energy Step Code and the City of Vancouver’s new rezoning requirements are changing energy code requirements from prescriptive to performance based.
In other words, instead of specifying the desired type of mechanical system, the new codes set a desired energy intensity per square foot. This gives maximum flexibility for the designer and contractor to select the most cost-effective solution that still meets the requirements.
Going back to the originally mentioned project, we are on-track to take over the design and construction in the next few months. We are confident that this transition from bid/spec to design/build will lead to on-budget, on-time delivery with a single point of responsibility mechanically. Is your next project going to deliver similarly?
Henry Leung and Jim Gallacher from BC Comfort will be speaking on this topic in more detail at BUILDEX Vancouver on February 15, 2017. If you are interested in attending, please contact BC Comfort at 604-439-3344.
More information on the session can be found on the BUILDEX website